Early on April 23, ISIS cells carried out a “surprise attack” on a position of Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) in the vicinity of al-Mayadin city in the southern countryside of Syria’s Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
“Heavy clashes erupted between the two sides, as a result, two Iraqi KH [fighters] were killed while five other members were injured, they were transported to the Fatimah al-Zahra hospital in al-Mayadin,” the London-based monitoring group said in a report.
Following the attack, Iranian-backed forces and the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) sent large reinforcements to the vicinity of al-Mayadin.
The “surprise attack” was apparently launched from the Homs desert. Hundreds of ISIS terrorists are reportedly taking shelter in the region, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the NDF are now carrying out a large-scale combing operation in the eastern Homs countryside. Government forces could soon launch a similar operation in western part of Deir Ezzor, thus clearing all areas surrounding the Homs desert.